Kim Them Do
There is a growing consensus that the people ‘democracy and the market economy under socialist orientation in Vietnam did not work. The rising dysfunction and large-scale corruption exacerbate the current situation.
Many worried about that the United States is not ready to cooperate with Vietnam to the border conflict issues in the case of military confrontation between China and Viet Nam. There is nothing worse than that the descent into Chinese serfdom will be inevitable.
Clearly, all of the uncertainty reveals that a new approach is needed. It is time to replace the existing framework with the model of participatory democracy, market economy, institutional rule of law and civil society. A major theme of the debate is the role of the ruling Party and the need of collective action of people.
Why the leadership and people fail to take the appropriate corrective action if the proposal would be potentially transformational? Unfortunately, the decisive question of political reform remains unanswered. The reasons for this are clear: making it happen requires political will which seems in short supply.
Arguably most crucially, the leading Party has no interest to surrender its monopoly in power. Its government is able to respond to the popular requirements and respect public opinions on governance. Its authoritative rule is always aligning with the national tradition and its political culture is fundamentally incompatible with Western democracy.
For some observers, the political reform should be initiated from within. In facts, all of top policymaker have more time and energy to care the relatives than to have a strong sense of responsibility “to serve the people”. They are superrich and some seeks a patronage in determining the chance for big business. A few of pensionable age thinks of the claim of payment and dream of their enjoyable time.
The majority of party members benefits immensely from the economic reform and avoids addressing the political questions in public discourse. In so doing, they hope to promote to senior positions and a future reward for their political loyalties.
It is time for insiders to defy the internal degenerative dynamics of autocracy. It is going to be harder for them to be autocrats in the way they used to be and to be Democrats in the way they should be. As long as the Party continues to resists any new commitments, this kind of reorientation will be uncertain, at best.
Everyone wish really hard for Vietnam to get economically better and can find to be reasonable to suggest a correct course because the revolutionary path would lead the country to state failure and civil chaos. Nobody expect that the life would be harder as the debilitating sense of fear, indifference and apathy is permeating the whole society. Some of the discussion has been changed in making it more palatable on the perspective of economic modernization. Economic reform without political change comes first and is preferable. It sounds like a great idea because it would be better to enjoy something than nothing
Unfortunately, the economic reform does not benefit the poor. The peasants and the workers belong to the most disadvantage group of the society, but the former wish the government land´s seizure needs to be recompensed adequately and the latter seek to reduce poverty with increased social welfare. The social unrests are growing but don’t pose a major threat to the regime.
As some intellectuals petitioned the government to review its policy unsuccessfully, much of blogger hopes for greater openness in expressing in different ways of the public concerns. Critics claim that they are not Democrats and have no unified theme. But these complaints miss the point. They are an alarm and an expression of civic duty, and understandably so. They may raise awareness and mobilize action, all for a good cause. However, the Internet cannot replace direct personal engagement and provide a robust basis for an opposition force.
At the present time, a lawless society is increasingly fragmented. Authoritative ideals and extractive institutions of a predatory state do not provide a palpable enough sense of democratic community. The process of democratization has not yet started. The participatory culture in the deliberative democracy is a developing story. The more complex issue is the human capital contribution to the change. Any disc}ussion of future must ultimately focus on the role of the young people. This is the cultural challenge facing the generation today.
The post-war generation is relatively free from ideology and has no opportunity to recognize the meaning that lies at the heart of democracy. The government is filling young minds with the belief that anyone who disagrees is a reactionary attitude. It is considered to be morally incorrect.
As the few young are too sensitive to political grievances, the soil in which the majority plants the democratic seeds is fertilized with ignorance. Achieving such an understanding requires a comprehensive approach that moves beyond the present education system.
But lasting change depends on dealing with the root causes of political emotions. That is why we need to think of compassion, devotion, fear and ignorance as a reform strategy. The Party and people need more understanding and love for democratic change than ever before.
Everyone must take seriously the responsibility to accept the democratic value and educate young people to enhance faculties like attention, compassion, and empathy. More specifically, we aim at boosting prosocial motivation that would led to increased activity related to positive emotions and democratic affiliation. We promote pro-social behavior and a broader, less self-centered perspective that accounts for social interdependence. We start to inspire the Party and people to create a new foundation for the development of a more compassionate and democratic society. In so doing, we are capable of building sustainable economy and equitable and caring political system.
As long as the Party is indulging the most destructive drivers of human behavior and people has no incentive to meet their full potentials – and, thus, there is a little hope that we are likely to create a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society in which we all want to live.